***WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ISSUED***
For Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe, and Mercer Counties in West Virginia until 11 AM Sunday 1/9. Freezing rain and ice are expected overnight Saturday into Sunday which may cause hazardous travel conditions for the counties listed. If you have plans to travel in, around, or through these counties, it may be best to hold off until the afternoon when warmer air is expected to change everyone over to rain.
Sunday, we’ll see clouds build back in quickly during the morning ahead of another cold front expected to pass through the region. Timing on this one is more favorable to see a widespread rainfall as it moves through during the afternoon and moves in ample warm air ahead of it. Once the front moves in winds will pick up to 20-30mph and remain that strong through Monday! Highs are expected to be in the mid and upper 40s.
Rain totals look to be between a half-inch and an inch. With a healthy snowpack on the ground, we may have to watch for some streams and creeks to run high. Also, watch poor drainage areas. It will be a good idea to monitor all flood-prone areas throughout the day on Sunday.
Overnight Sunday, as winds shift out of the north behind our front much colder air will arrive. If this can catch the tail end of the moisture from our exiting cold front we do run the risk of some mixing and in the mountains a brief change to all snow. Cold air rushing in could also lead to the risk of a flash freeze into Monday.
Monday, another cold start with the chance for some lingering snow showers into the morning. We’ll have to watch out for a few icy patches on the road but those issues should pass by mid-morning as sunny skies will warm the pavement. One thing to keep in mind will be the strong winds for Monday, with highs near the freezing mark gusts to 20-30mph will make it feel like the teens most of the day.
Tuesday, another brutally cold day is on the table. Morning lows will be in or very near the single digits for most, and with windy conditions still expected through the morning wind chills will be dangerous. Winds will die down through the day but highs, in the end, will still only make it to the 20s.
Wednesday brings another big swing in temperatures back into the 40s as winds once again start back out of the south. We’ll still start the day into the teens so don’t think you can shed the jacket completely! Past the changing temperatures wind will be another big story for the day, gusts up to 30mph will be building in as a dry cold front approaches from the west.
Thursday, a dry front passes through bringing the potential for strong winds across the region. Gusts up to 40mph in the higher elevations and up to 30mph for the rest of us will be around most of the day and into the evening. Winds will shift from the south to the northwest as the front passes. A few light rain and/or snow showers are possible along the mountains too. Highs in the 40s are expected.
In the extended forecast after a bit of a break, from precipitation at least, some unsettled weather is rearing its head back into the forecast. For now, there’s a bit of a divide on when, how cold, and what’s going to fall. So we’re leaving it as a chance for mixing with marginal temperatures, once we get closer we’ll fine tune the forecast.
Much warmer, rain in the afternoon/evening. Highs in the upper 40s.
Cold start, some snow showers early. Highs in the 30s.
Starting in the teens. Mostly sunny. Highs in the 30s.
Very cold start, warming up. Highs in the low 40s.
Looking dry and seasonable. Highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.
A few showers. Highs in the 40s.
Chance of mixed rain/snow. Highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.
Looking drier for now. Highs in the upper 30s.